The Imperial Legacy: An Investigation of the Connective Trends of Empire and Genocide in Modern German History

Project Abstract

This project is an examination of correlations between imperial enterprises of the Second German Empire and the Nazi Reich through the lenses of global, imperial, and gender critiques. The three primary case studies are German Southwest Africa, the Ober Ost, and Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe, particularly the General Government. This research draws heavily on certain themes and theories developed by leading historians of modern German and Eastern European history, including Timothy Snyder, Ben Kiernan, Shelley Baranowski, Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius, and Christopher Browning. By understanding the shared trends of empire and genocide, it is my aim to bring the actions of the National Socialists out of its prolonged ideological isolation and into a global context of implication.

Funding Type

Research Grant

Academic College

College of Humanities and Fine Arts




Bachelor of Arts




Dr. David Pizzo

Academic College

College of Humanities and Fine Arts

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